Home automation also helps make our homes accessible. For instance, anybody, regardless of disability, can use any one of the connected devices.
Finally, we come to the keystone of any home automation system: communication. Connection between the user and the connected devices gives us the power to control our homes. If, for example, you use a voice-activated virtual assistant, all you need to do to take control of your energy usage is open your mouth and speak!
How much does home automation cost?
It is impossible to quote an exact price for a home automation system to make yours a smart home. It all depends on how far you want to go, and on what your current situation is. At present, there is an enormous range of brands vying for position on this growing market, and with that in mind, offers are very much on the menu!
If we consider a house with 8 smart elements (lights, thermostats, locks, etc.) we would be talking about between €250 and €1800, depending on the range of gadgets and the services they provide. That excludes the price of our chosen virtual assistant, and does not include paying higher prices for smart-compatible appliances (such as an internet-connected fridge which lets you know when you're out of milk).
Google and Amazon Alexa are the leaders in virtual assistant technology. Your Private Space on endesaclientes is compatible with both, so both can be used to keep you up to date with your bills and your contracts.
Apple, not wishing to be outdone, have launched their own HomeKit, which integrates seamlessly with devices running iOS. Samsung, for their part, have created Samsung Smart Things, built into the Samsung Connect Home hub. LG also have LGSmartThinQ.
The prices of any of these assistants range between €90 and €300, based on the range and level of service that they offer.
An important detail to bear in mind is the compatibility of different domestic appliances. From now on, when you go to buy a washing machine or a TV, aside from checking what you always look for (e.g. its energy rating), you will need to check whether they are able to connect to your home automation system.